A new viral trend on China-owned social media platform TikTok includes largely younger people praising and agreeing with notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden‘s “Letter to America.”
The letter, which is filled with anti-Western and anti-Semitic language, is a justification from bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks, which killed roughly 3,000 Americans in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
“Over the past 24 hours, thousands of TikToks (at least) have been posted where people share how they just read Bin Laden’s infamous ‘Letter to America,’ in which he explained why he attacked the United States,” journalist Yashar Ali posted to X. “Many of them say that reading the letter has opened their eyes, and they’ll never see geopolitical matters the same way again. … [and many] say it has made them reevaluate their perspective on how what is often labeled as terrorism can be a legitimate form of resistance to a hostile power.”
In one viral video, a woman said the letter is “wild” and “everyone should read it,” adding that reading it has “left her disillusioned.”
Another woman said reading the letter left her reeling in an “existential crisis,” and encouraged viewers to also read it. “In the last 20 minutes, my entire viewpoint on the entire life I have believed and I have lived has changed. Please read that entire letter.”
“I need you to stop what you’re doing and go read a ‘Letter to America,’” a male said on video. “It is literally the craziest thing I have read in a while and while I can’t say that I’m not surprised, I’m pretty shocked.” He then proceeded to read the following X post, which he said was reminiscent of the letter: “Under settler colonialism, any kind of resistance is branded as [terrorism] because the only acceptable violence is violence by the occupier.”
Over the past 24 hours, thousands of TikToks (at least) have been posted where people share how they just read Bin Laden’s infamous “Letter to America,” in which he explained why he attacked the United States.
The TikToks are from people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and… pic.twitter.com/EwjiGtFEE3
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 16, 2023
Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden, responded to the trend: “Deceit is a mask the Devil puts over the eyes of useful idiots.”
The new Tik Tok fad is the positive reaction from gen Z after reading “Letter to America” by Osama bin Laden.
Deceit is a mask the Devil puts over the eyes of useful idiots.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) November 16, 2023
Others reacted, too. Politico Noam Blum said, “TikTok brain is reading a rant by Osama bin Laden, realizing you agree with him on everything, and concluding not that you need to rethink your life, but that you need to rethink your priors about Osama bin Laden.”
TikTok brain is reading a rant by Osama bin Laden, realizing you agree with him on everything, and concluding not that you need to rethink your life, but that you need to rethink your priors about Osama bin Laden.
— Noam Blum 🚡 (@neontaster) November 16, 2023
“Osama Bin Laden is being praised on the left for attacking America,” radio host and Outkick founder Clay Travis posted to X. “And TikTok is helping these clips go viral to idiot kids. This is what happens when for a generation the left has taught kids that America is evil.”
Osama Bin Laden is being praised on the left for attacking America. And Tik Tok is helping these clips go viral to idiot kids. This is what happens when for a generation the left has taught kids that America is evil. https://t.co/5q7mX6bysA
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 16, 2023
“If you kids think Bin Laden made some good points, wait’ll I tell you about a vegetarian former art student with an ironic mustache whose impassioned manifesto about the Zionist oppression of his people sparked a worldwide movement,” David Burge mocked, adding, “I feel I’m gonna regret this tweet because these motherf***ers are so stupid the next Tik Tok dance craze will be goosestepping.”
I feel I’m gonna regret this tweet because these motherfuckers are so stupid the next Tik Tok dance craze will be goosestepping
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 16, 2023
Journalist Megyn Kelly zoned in on the parents of some of the younger people participating in the trend. “To the parents of all of these losers suddenly persuaded by the deranged musings of the man who murdered 3k American innocents: you failed,” she wrote. “You were likely boozing, marching for some L-wing cause and/or simply ignoring your kids. You failed to teach wrong from right, a proper moral code, a love of country and perspective on America’s role in the world. [Because] you failed, my kids and others are going to have to grow up battling these a**holes for the future of the United States. I have every confidence they can do it, but I resent and judge you for making it necessary as opposed to fostering a life in which they can focus solely on growth, joy, love, family, hard work and creation.”
“No point getting bogged down in it however, trust me when I tell you that the majority of Americans – this generation and the next – will fight to defeat the pernicious lunacy you’ve unleashed,” Kelly added. “And we will win.”